Govt. moves to promote healthy lifestyles in future planning

Released 31/10/2017 - Joint media release

Promoting healthy lifestyles will form a key part of all future development applications with the inclusion of six active living principles in the Territory Plan.

Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman said the six active living principals were developed in partnership with the Heart Foundation and are aimed at keeping Canberra’s suburbs active.

“The ACT Government is committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Canberrans, and this is one way that the ACT Government can help support Canberrans to be more active” Minister Gentleman said.

“The principles focus on providing connections to walking and cycling paths, activating public spaces, and encouraging physical, and social activities. Minister for Health Meegan Fitzharris said it was great to see the government promoting healthier suburbs through development applications.

“When people participate in walking, cycling, or other physical activity, research shows they feel happier and have more positive social interactions. “This is why it is important that the ACT Government continues to provide suburbs that are easy to navigate on foot or on bike.

“We want Canberra to continue being the healthiest city in Australia, and this reform is another example of how the Government can support an active city,” Minister Fitzharris concluded.

Community feedback was invited on the six active living principles through public meetings and online submission points between 9 December 2016 and 10 February 2017.

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